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Jeroen Hoppenbrouwers wrote
She ... is now preparing noisy activities to perform ...


Oh God ! She's bought a vuvuzela !!
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In the reflections of the window one can see her holding something in her hands. If it wasn't a camera, I would say it's a plastic trumpet.
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This Saturday will be my first opportunity to watch uninterrupted games. I may camp out at my local bar and watch both games. Jeroen, I'll be pulling for the Netherlands. Best of luck.
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yo.
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We're seeing ORANGE!! Some mistakes on both sides but in the end the Dutch held firm. Watching Ruud Gullit go crazy on ESPN coverage in the US.

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Torrence
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Saturday 1200z Forecast
Argentina-Germany 1 - 3
Paraguay-Spain 9 - 8 (penalty shootout)

Tuesday
Netherlands-Uruguay 2 - 1

Wednesday
Paraguay-Germany 0 - 2

Saturday
Paraguay-Uruguay 1 - 2

Sunday
Netherlands-Germany 2 - 4


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Hardy Heinlin wrote
Sunday
Netherlands-Germany 2 - 4

Formal game time 88 minutes: 2 - 2
Formal game time 89 minutes: 2 - 3
Formal game time 90 minutes: 2 - 4

More realism :)
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Off to go watch the Germany-Argentina rematch. I'm excited! Let's hope it's more civil than 2006.
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Uh. Germany is supposed to win in the last minute. Not in the first!
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Argentina is following the lead of the USA in allowing that early goal.
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Well, Hardy, 4 goals in game correct, but they all belong to Germany! Great game for Germany (and well-refereed thank God). Clearly the England result was no fluke. Young team, well coached, playing as a team. And credit to Klinsman for starting the rebuilding four years ago.

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... the game gets more likely ...
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The machine is working (and fast).

Guess which song is on the radio right now.

We may see the 74 final again.

torrence wrote
(and well-refereed thank God)

It was easy game.
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The song they're playing here at this bar is "Don't cry for me, Argentina" (grin)
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" Argentina-Germany 1 - 3 "

Now I'm worried about how inaccurate PSX will be. ;)

Seriously, good call, Hardy.
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As an Argentine national, my sincere congratulations to all Germans in this forum.
As an Argentine national who deeply dislikes Maradona (and always has) thank you Germany for cutting him down to size. He seriously needed a reality check. I would love to see him explain a 4-0 loss.

Mariano
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Some commentary from the US sports media, Wall Street Journal (Associated Press sports writer).

I thought it might be of interest, or at least entertaining, to see how this is being reported here.

Best wishes to all,

Phil Bunch

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Dutch create euphoria back home with World Cup win

By ROBERT MILLWARD,
AP Football Writer

JOHANNESBURG (AP) The win over Brazil touched off wild celebrations, and left only Uruguay standing between the Netherlands and the World Cup final.

The Dutch have twice reached the title game and are considered the best team never to have won it. Now they face a Uruguayan team hit by suspensions and injury problems after a penalty shootout victory over Ghana.

"The euphoria back home is incredible," Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk said. "It's a shame that we cannot experience it."

The Dutch may a little taste of it when they arrive in Cape Town for the semifinals, because about 20,000 of their citizens have settled in the southwest coastal city over the years.

The South Africa-based fans will surely swell the Dutch cheering section to more than the 5,000 who were at Friday's quarterfinal win over Brazil at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Between now and then, many of them will be sweating out the health of striker Robin van Persie.

The Arsenal forward injured his left arm against the Brazilians and went to the hospital on Saturday for a scan. He was joined by defender Joris Mathijsen, who injured his right knee in the warmup ahead of the Brazil match and had to pull out of the game.

"They are both at the hospital to have a scan," said Van Marwijk, who hopes to know the results on Sunday. "Robin has an arm problem and Joris a knee problem. I don't know what it is, that's why they are at the hospital. I don't think it is serious."

The victory over the five-time champion Brazilians has given the Dutch renewed hope that they can finally capture the prize they came so close to winning twice in the 1970s.

The Dutch lost to the Germans in the 1974 final in Munich and to Argentina in '78 in Buenos Aires, but played with a style that rivaled the brilliant Brazilians.

Although Van Marwijk has a wealth of attacking talent in Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Van Persie, he is not trying to emulate that style.

"Why does everyone want the coach to make changes all the time?" Van Marwijk said Saturday. "You have to have more courage not to change. Yesterday I told the players, 'You have to be yourselves, play your own game.'"

Even if Van Persie and Mathijsen come back, Van Marwijk will be forced into some changes for Tuesday's match against Uruguay. Midfielder Nigel de Jong and defender Gregory van der Wiel are both suspended for the game after collecting second yellow cards of the tournament.

While Van Persie and Mathijsen went for their scans Saturday, the rest of the players who beat Brazil practiced in a gymnasium away from the eyes of the media.

Uruguay will be missing at least striker Luis Suarez, who was sent off against Ghana for handling the ball on the goal line in the final minute of extra time.

Even though Uruguay came through a long and tough quarterfinal match, Van Marwijk doesn't think his team has an easy route to the final.

"I think the next game will be very dangerous," he said. "This is the moment we have been waiting for two years. When we beat Brazil we were in the last four of the World Cup. Coming up next is Uruguay.

"Uruguay is a strong side and we will have to be very concentrated. They are fighters, survivors."

Updated July 3, 2010
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Phil Bunch
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Great game just now. Uruguay kept fighting to the end, and the Netherlands looked great.
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Yep - the Netherlands just keep getting the job done, although they had an exciting final 3 or 4 minutes :) . Hope our Dutch colleagues don't suffer any permanent hearing loss from celebrations. Should be an interesting final no matter who wins tomorrow.

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Torrence
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Best wishes,

Phil Bunch
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I hate to say this, but we should be careful and not overstress the copyright of those newspapers.
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Most of the daily news stories are free on many newspaper websites - a link would work in this case for breaking news.

"It's not over 'til it's over"

Cheers,
Torrence

Note Jeroen still not commenting - probably still deciding on
whcih Dutch/Belgian beer to have next :)

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Torrence
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Hardy Heinlin wrote
I hate to say this, but we should be careful and not overstress the copyright of those newspapers.


Would occasional excerpts, say less than about 25% of content, be OK, or is surrounding added commentary about the excerpt also required?
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Best wishes,

Phil Bunch
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I don't know. Well, if the news story is free, then it's OK anyway.

...

I have a question regarding the Dutch tactics: Whenever Robben makes a solo run into the opposite penalty area he stops shortly before the goal and doesn't shoot. Why?

:-)

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